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Edward J.


Practice Areas:

  • Civil Litigation
  • Police & Fire Representation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Estates, Wills & Guardianships
  • Administrative & Disciplinary Hearings
  • Business Transactions
  • Legislation & Lobbying
  • Labor Law
  • Appellate Practice

Edward J. Merchant is an established trial lawyer and trusted advisor who represents individuals and organizations on a variety of legal matters. A life-long Hoosier, Ed serves his clients with the highest level of professionalism, skill and integrity. He was named a partner of the firm in January, 2014. 

A graduate of both IU undergrad and law school, Ed counsels clients in a variety of legal areas. In addition to a significant litigation and disciplinary practice, he also works extensively in the areas Estates, Wills and Guardianships, as well as Business Transactions. 


  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • J.D. - 2006
  • Indiana University, Bloomington
    • B.S. - 2003

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 2007

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Committee, 2015
  • Indianapolis Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Fraternal Order of Police, Indianapolis Lodge #86, Associate Member
  • Indiana University Alumni Association, Life Member
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Herman B. Wells Leadership Award, 2003
  • Lawrence A. Jegen Tax Award, 2006

Classes & Seminars Taught

  • Law Enforcement Critical Incident Response, Hamilton County Drug Task Force, Fishers, Indiana, 2014
  • Protecting your Rights in Civil and Criminal Investigations, 2013
  • Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police Conference, Annual Presenter, Clarksville, Indiana, 2013
  • Indiana Association of Firefighters - Annual Conference, Bloomington, Indiana, 2013
  • The Perils of Social Networking, Indiana Fraternal Order of Police State Conference, Clarksville, Indiana, 2011

Representative Cases

  • Indiana Public Employee Retirement Fund (PERF) v. Bryson
  • Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board v. Comer
  • Board of Works & City of Lake Station, et al. v. Taylor
  • Evans v. Poskon, et al.
  • Neuhausel v. City of Indianapolis, et al.
  • Pennington v. City of Indianapolis, et al
  • Sturm v. Hedges
  • In Re: Dinnsen & Howard